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Simulation workflows and Digital Thread



"Model-Based Systems Engineering" in action


Siemens' Xcelerator portfolio is leading the charge in bringing together systems engineers, designers and simulation engineers to confidently conceptualize, develop, manufacture and commission products that meet your design requirements.


Let's see how our imaginary classmates Ed and Sam work together to specify and verify a braking system as part of a new vehicle design. It's an all too familiar story – some engineers design a subsystem that does the required work, but are then asked to do the same thing at a lower cost.


Now they need to spend time to:

  1. Find or recreate your original simulation models and data

  2. Review the design and look for cheaper ways to achieve the same performance

  3. Run more simulations to check performance

  4. Once a solution is found, communicate it to the rest of the team

Fortunately for them, Siemens Xcelerator makes it easy to:


Ed and Sam use workflow from simulation to performance segmentation, thanks to digital chaining in Teamcenter.


MBSE and the digital segment not only save time, effort and money


Because Ed is immediately able to locate the analysis work that led to the existing project selection, he can also reuse work already done to review this project. Even better, because everything is connected to the digital thread in Teamcenter, it can instantly evaluate that performance and validate it against requirements for all stakeholders to see.


Fully integrated simulation workflow and verification management in action.


Now, the project team can spend more time on engineering and less time on logistics and repeated efforts – meaning they can deliver higher quality work and make better-informed decisions. Imagine the added productivity gain if this happened for the entire plethora of systems and subsystems that make up the design of a modern car?


Systems thinking brings your organization together


It is common practice for systems engineers to work in a systems modeling environment. Mechanical designers are likely using a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, and your simulation team may have a process simulation and data management (SPDM) solution. Does this make a digital thread? Not exactly.


The key to unlocking the potential of the digital segment is for all this work to be done on a common platform. The backbone Siemens Teamcenter manages requirements, systems engineering, CAD (PLM), simulation, physical testing (SPDM) and verification management with complete traceability and visibility for all interested parties. Fundamentally, having all of this in place makes it possible to 'close the loop'. in verifying requirements, maintaining traceability and visibility for all interested parties.


Final thoughts


There are many examples in history where a lack of systems thinking led to product failure. EHR systems are an interesting example because anyone who has ever been treated by a doctor (and that's pretty much all of us) will instantly recognize the value of a well-designed solution, as well as some of the potential pitfalls.


We must continue to embrace emerging and future technologies with a systems thinking mindset and work collaboratively to create products that are not only innovative but also sustainable and efficient. With the help of systems engineering and the expertise of companies like Siemens, we can create a world where technology serves as a force for good, promoting a sustainable and prosperous future for all.


Schedule a meeting with us, CAEXPERTS, now and discover how our simulation workflow and digital thread solutions can help advance MBSE in your projects.




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